7:50 - Skeptics on the Fringe / At the Fringe of Reason

7:50 - Skeptics on the Fringe / At the Fringe of Reason

Postby EdSkeptics » 16 Sep 2013, 20:20

- The venue - The Banshee Labyrinth is a rock pub just off the High Street

- The performance area - The Chamber Room, a downstairs space usually used for music performance - much improved by new chairs

- The team of staff at the venue - Edd, Dave and the team are awesome, friendly, patient, helpful, hardworking, and keen to make sure everyone has a good time. We'd have liked Bar 13 to be open when our show kicked out to enable our audience to move straight into drinking and continue the conversation afterwards.

- How you advertised your show - Fringe Brochure, PBH Brochure, Fliers, social media (Meetup, Facebook, Twitter, etc)

- How your shows went in terms of audience numbers - 80% - 100% capacity - audience numbers varied depending on topic

- Your show itself - Our format is established (Talk by an expert on a topic from science or about society followed by Q & A). It works well in a spoken-word venue where people don't expect comedy. We had walk-outs when people came in expecting stand-up.

- Buckets - better than last year - bucket-size varied based on the quality of the talk - we have a lot of returners, so they can feel they've given enough after several nights

- Technical set-up at the venue - The red channel on the Projector was broken for much of the run. Tech set-up varied night by night during the first two weeks. This was because of changes in the tech set-up at the venue and because we have different speakers each night with different kit. We could have done with a bigger gap between us and the previous show to ensure a good set-up each night, but there were no disasters.

- Admin & Communication process (between Free Fringe, Captains, Venues and you) - All seemed to work smoothly

- Any other learning points for anyone involved - The cupboard for fliers was messy at the start of the run and gradually turned into a hell-hole. I tidied it at the end of Week 2 and everything did (just) fit with nothing on the floor.

We could do with better signs directing people to each performance space and maybe some "Show in Progress" signs for the doors. We had people wandering in who were lost and looking for comedy and some were noisy and determined (though wrong). Having said that, we didn't have the battle with noise that performers in the Banquetting Hall did later in the evening.

All in all -- <3 The Banshee. It is one of the best venues, with awesome staff and great venue captains.
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Re: 7:50 - Skeptics on the Fringe / At the Fringe of Reason

Postby fayroberts » 24 Sep 2013, 08:51

This is just to say: thank you SO much for getting stuck into the Leaflet Hell - you rock! :D
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Re: 7:50 - Skeptics on the Fringe / At the Fringe of Reason

Postby Matt Panesh » 17 Oct 2013, 00:10

Yup, echoing Fay, thank you so much for the leafleting hell you turned into paradise. BRILLIANT! (and can't thank you enough!) x
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